Former Cricketer Andrew Symonds Dies in Auto Accident

Former Australian test cricketer Andrew Symonds has died after a single-vehicle auto accident near Townsville in northeast Australia. He was 46.

Cricket Australia reported Symonds' death on its website on Sunday, citing a police statement with details of the accident late Saturday night. 

Queensland Police said the accident occurred at Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers from Townsville. 

"Early information indicates, shortly after 11 p.m. the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled," a police statement said. 

Former Australian captain Allan Border was among those to pay tribute to Symonds on Sunday. 

Symonds played 26 test matches for Australia and posted two centuries, but he was better known as a limited-overs specialist.

He played 198 one-day international for Australia and won two World Cups. 

After retiring as a player, Symonds became a popular commentator for cricket broadcasters. 

His loss is another bitter blow for Australian cricket after the death in Thailand in March of legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne. Wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also died in March aged 74.